Cake Candle Project
By Bob Sherman
is another article revived from my 1998 archives due to increased interest
in rustic and primitive candle styles lately. It has been modernized and
rewritten to match its new home at One Stop Candle. This is a very simple,
fun technique that provides a heavily textured candle. This technique
provides a texture reminiscent cake frosting, hence the name cake candles.
These are easy to make but may take a bit of practice to
get perfect results each time. This is also a great technique for your
"cosmetically challenged" candles as it will hide any blemishes.
The nice thing about this is that you can go over the candle as much as
needed to obtain the desired effect.
Most of the items you may need can be ordered directly from
this page for your convenience. The Materials list is at the bottom of
PLEASE NOTE!! - Candle making can be dangerous if proper
safety procedures are not followed. Please read these Safety
Rules before attempting any candle making projects.
You will also need to know basic candle making skills before
beginning. Basic pillar candle making can be learned in our free Introduction
To Candle Making Course.
This candle uses our basic pillar candle formula. Note that this formula
makes a nice white wax without adding dye, however these look best when
made with dark colors.
- 1 pound of 140 melt point paraffin wax
- 1 level teaspoon of Vybar 103
- 1 ounce (2 Tablespoons) of scent oil - optional
- Dye as needed
- This technique uses a basic pillar candle so prepare a pillar candle
of your choice. If you are new to candle making, my free Introduction
To Candle Making Course will explain in detail how to make pillar
- Once you have your pillar candle, melt some wax in the same color.
Note that this technique tends to wash out the color a bit, so start
with a darker shade than you actually want.
- Bring the wax to at least 170 degrees F. to allow the dye to dissolve,
then remove it from the heat.
- One the wax has cooled enough for a surface film to form, it is time
to start whipping the wax. An electric blender is much easier for this,
although you can do it manually with a whisk.
- The whipping process will take approximately 15 - 20 minutes from
this stage. Whip the wax, let it sit for a few minutes, whip some more,
let it sit, etc... Repeat until you can pick up a nice amount of frothy
wax with the brush. Note that the consistency used for this is largely
a matter of personal preference so experiment a bit.
- Optional, but recommended - Dip the candle in the wax.and hold for
30 seconds. This will help the whipped wax adhere better since wax sticks
best to warm wax.
- Dip the brush and apply the whipped wax to the candle with a dabbing
motion. Generally you will want to work one area until the wax grabs
well before moving to the next area.
- Dip the brush after every couple dabs.
- Continue applying wax until the you are satisfied with the texture
and the candle is covered with texture.
Candle Making Supplies And Materials
The following candle making supplies and other materials
were used to make this candle. Clicking on the item name will bring you
to that item's page with a full description.
||Any style of your choice, however I recommend a metal or seamless
3 inch diameter round.
MP paraffin Wax
||Enough to make as many candles as desired.
||Used at 1 teaspoon per pound of wax.
|In the desired colors.
||Optional - used at 1 ounce per pound of wax.
||For a 3 inch candle I use a #1 square braid wick. If you are using
a different size or different ingredients you may need a different
/ Pouring Pot
||An old, worn house painting brush works best and my preferred size
is 3 to 4 inches wide. The more worn and splayed out it is, the better
the brush will work for this technique. Note that it should have natural
hair or nylon since cheap synthetic bristles may melt from the hot
|Blender or Whisk
||An electric hand blender or a whisk will be needed to whip the wax.
You will not want to use this for food afterwards so try to find one
at a thrift shop or garage sale.
||For making double boilers. One per color. Find at garage sales or
|Wooden Spoon, Measuring Spoons.
||Purchase at a house wares store or a dollar store.
Disclaimer: The information presented
here is accurate to the best of my knowledge and common candle making
practices as of the time of this writing - March 2006. The author and
the publisher accept no liability for the use or misuse of any of the
information presented in this article. This article is presented for informational
purposes and is used at your own risk.
Author: Bob Sherman
Publisher: Bobby's Craft Boutique Inc.
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